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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Verbal  \Ver"bal\,  n.  (Gram.) 
  A  noun  derived  from  a  verb 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Verbal  \Ver"bal\,  a.  [F.,  fr  L.  verbalis.  See  {Verb}.] 
  1.  Expressed  in  words  whether  spoken  or  written,  but 
  commonly  in  spoken  words  hence  spoken;  oral;  not 
  written;  as  a  verbal  contract;  verbal  testimony. 
  Made  she  no  verbal  question?  --Shak. 
  We  subjoin  an  engraving  .  .  .  which  will  give  the 
  reader  a  far  better  notion  of  the  structure  than  any 
  verbal  description  could  convey  to  the  mind. 
  2.  Consisting  in  or  having  to  do  with  words  only;  dealing 
  with  words  rather  than  with  the  ideas  intended  to  be 
  conveyed;  as  a  verbal  critic;  a  verbal  change. 
  And  loses,  though  but  verbal,  his  reward.  --Milton. 
  Mere  verbal  refinements,  instead  of  substantial 
  knowledge.  --Whewell. 
  3.  Having  word  answering  to  word  word  for  word  literal;  as 
  a  verbal  translation. 
  4.  Abounding  with  words  verbose.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
  5.  (Gram.)  Of  or  pertaining  to  a  verb  as  a  verbal  group 
  derived  directly  from  a  verb  as  a  verbal  noun  used  in 
  forming  verbs;  as  a  verbal  prefix. 
  {Verbal  inspiration}.  See  under  {Inspiration}. 
  {Verbal  noun}  (Gram.),  a  noun  derived  directly  from  a  verb  or 
  verb  stem;  a  verbal.  The  term  is  specifically  applied  to 
  infinitives,  and  nouns  ending  in  -ing,  esp.  to  the  latter. 
  See  {Gerund},  and  {-ing},  2.  See  also  {Infinitive  mood}, 
  under  {Infinitive}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  communicated  in  the  form  of  words  "verbal  imagery";  "a 
  verbal  protest" 
  2:  of  or  relating  to  or  formed  from  words  in  general;  "verbal 
  3:  of  or  relating  to  or  formed  from  a  verb  "verbal  adjectives 
  like  `running'  in  `hot  and  cold  running  water'" 
  4:  relating  to  or  having  facility  in  the  use  of  words  "a  good 
  poet  is  a  verbal  artist";  "a  merely  verbal  writer  who 
  sacrifices  content  to  sound";  "verbal  aptitude"  [ant:  {numerical}] 
  5:  expressed  in  spoken  words  "a  verbal  contract" 
  6:  (archaic)  "you  put  me  to  forget  a  lady's  manners  by  being  so 
  verbal"-  Shakespeare 

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